Let’s Face It

October 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sufferers of trepidation. Today is Tuesday, October 11th. Today’s holidays are

National Face Your Fears Day

Celebrated annually on the second Tuesday in October, National Face Your Fears Day is all about going for it, and encouraging others to do the same. We all have things that paralyze us with fear — Public speaking, failure, rejection, looking foolish, the list goes on and on. Today is the day to face whatever it is that scares you and try to overcome it. If you’re successful, it will make you happier and your life easier. If not, at least you tried, and it might be easier to overcome your fear next time.

“You Go, Girl” Day

“You Go, Girl” Day honors the life and career of Dr. Kathy Sullivan. Besides being the first woman to walk in space (on this date in 1984), Ms. Sullivan flew on three space shuttle missions and logged 532 hours in space, and in 2004, was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. She served in the United States Naval Reserve as an oceanography officer achieving the rank of Captain and in addition, she served as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973, as well as a Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University in 1978.
Dr. Sullivan currently serves as Director of Ohio State University’s Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy and as a volunteer science advisor to COSI. She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004.
Not bad for a girl, right!

Ada Lovelace Day

So, who is Ada Lovelace, and why does she deserve to be honored with a holiday? Well, Augusta Ada Byron, the name she was born with, was the daughter of poet Lord Byron. To discourage her from becoming a poet like her father, Ada’s mother steered her towards an interest in science, engineering, and mathematics. She married William King in 1835, who later became the Earl of Lovelace, and she became the Countess of Lovelace.
Her interest in mathematics led to a working relationship with fellow British mathematician Charles Babbage, and in particular, Babbage’s work on the Analytical Engine. Between 1842 and 1843, Ada translated an article by Italian military engineer Luigi Menabrea on the engine, which she supplemented with an elaborate set of notes, simply called Notes. These notes contain what many consider to be the first computer program—that is, an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine.
About a century later, Alan Turing used her work to begin the development of the first modern-day computers. Without Ada’s work, you might not be reading this BLOG today.

Southern Food Heritage Day

Fried chicken, real barbecue, cornbread, buttermilk biscuits, sweet tea, peach cobbler; are you hungry yet? Southern Food Heritage Day celebrates these culinary treasures and so many more. Sponsored by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, this holiday celebrates all that delicious food of the Southern United States. So, why not treat your family to some good-ole southern-style country cookin’ tonight.

National Sausage Pizza Day

While we think of pizza as a quintessential Italian food, food historians credit the idea of using bread as a “plate” for an assortment of toppings and seasonings to the Greeks, who ate flat round bread topped by stews, thick broth, meats, vegetables, and fruits. Just as it is today, it was a thrifty, convenient and tasty meal for the working man and his family, requiring no additional plates or utensils. One can think of pizza originating as an “edible plate”—a true convenience food.
With the constant traffic between the worlds of Greece and Rome, these flatbreads made their way to what is now Italy, where it became known as pizza. The word “pizza” may have derived from the Latin word “pinsa,” which means flatbread. Pizza became popular street food, sold from open-air stands by vendors, typically young boys who would walk around the city with small tin stoves on their heads, calling out to “hawk their wares” to customers. The pizzas of the time were simple but tasty, topped with olive oil and fresh herbs, not unlike focaccia. Sometimes, some grated sheep’s cheese was added.
Whether you prefer thin crust, hand tossed, thick crust, or deep dish, top your pizza with Italian sausage and celebrate National Sausage Pizza Day with some sausage pizza today.

General Pulaski Memorial Day

International Day of The Girl

National It’s My Party Day

National Coming Out Day

Yom Kippur

On this date in

  • 1776 – During the American Revolution, the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.
  • 1811 – The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. The ferry went from New York City, NY, to Hoboken, NJ.
  • 1869 – Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the United States Congress, however, the Congress did not buy it.
  • 1881 – David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.
  • 1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.
  • 1929 – J. C. Penney opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.
  • 1932 – In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired.
  • 1939 – President Franklin Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.
  • 1968 – Apollo 7 was launched by the United States. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.
  • 1975 – “Saturday Night Live” was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.
  • 1983 – The last hand-cranked telephones in the United States went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct-dial service..
  • 1994 – The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.

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